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By Justine E. Okay, at least not until next winter. But despite the obvious challenges, winter birding is incredibly rewarding.
Birds are easy to find in the leafless trees, trails and parks are quiet, and your checklists abound with many species that can only be found in the United States in winter. Finding Red Crossbills and White-Winged Crossbills is one challenge — the second is getting close enough to actually to see their twisted bills, which they use to prize seeds out of pine cones.
Males of both species are a brilliant scarlet, while the females are olive green. You can tell them apart by the white dappling on the wings called wing barson the White-Winged Crossbill. Both species are found year-round throughout the Rockies, and throughout the mid to northern U. Listen closely if you happen upon a flock of Red Crossbills — the species has 10 distinct call-typesand different sub-populations specialize on different types of conifers. Few Northern American raptor species are as likely to initiate a tick-the-bird-or-die-trying twitch like the Northern Goshawk.
The largest North American accipiter, these powerful, elusive hawks hunt rabbits, hares, squirrels, and other American bbws Mountain Pine birds in dense forests, zipping through the trees at high speeds. Adults are distinctive, with heavily barred chests, steel grey back and wings, and deep red eyes. But be careful — juvenile goshawks look similar to Coopers and Sharp-Shinned hawks. The subtly beautiful, sparrow-sized Snow Bunting breeds on the high Arctic tundra, where they nest in rock crevices lined with feathers, fur, grass, and moss.
Their winter range extends to the northern half of the U. Male Snow Buntings have to put in a bit of work to achieve their striking black-and-white breeding plumage. After their late summer molt, the plumage on their back and wings is brownish-black. Males wear off the brown-colored feather tips by rubbing themselves against the snow, resulting in pure-black coloration by the time the breeding seasons starts.
Like the Snow Bunting, Lapland Longspurs breed high in the Arctic and then winter in large flocks, some as many as 4 million strongin the open fields of the northern U. Males are distinctive, with jet-black masks, reddish necks, and a yellow eye stripe.
Females are much more tricky to identify, with brown, streaky, sparrow-like plumage. Both species are snowy white, with black wing tips and pink beaks. They breed on the Arctic coasts and winter in just a few spots in the U. Just one of three waxwing species in the world, the Bohemian Waxwing breeds in northwestern Canada, occasionally erupts down into the northern U.
Named after gypsies, Bohemian Waxwings roam large distances in winter to search for berries, other fruit, and insects. Be careful not to confuse them with the similar-looking Cedar Waxwing : Bohemians have red and yellow wingtips, a dark black chin, rust-colored feathers under the tail, and a more greyish coloration. Garish, unmistakable, and awesome — meet the Evening Grosbeak. Flocks are common at feeders, where you can get an up-close look at their gaudy coloration: Males are an eye-popping yellow, with black swings, and a bold eyebrow.
Females are more subdued, but have a fantastic, green-colored beak. Serious birders still swoon when they think back on the winter ofwhen thousands of Snowy Owls irrupted into the lower 48, turning up as far south as Florida and the Bahamas. Similar — if not quite as epic — owl irruptions occur roughly every 3 to 5 years. But even in the off years, a few Snowy Owls still push into the northern U. The three rosy-finch species — Brown-cappedGrey-crowned and Black — are Rocky Mountain winter specialties.
The Black and Gray-crowned are found throughout the west, while the Brown-capped is only found in Colorado and northern New Mexico. All three species are poorly studied by scientists because their breeding ranges are small and incredibly remote. Check eBird for common locations, as many flocks return to the same well-stocked winter feeders each year, and review some photos before you go. Another irruptive bird and feeder favorite, Hoary and Common Redpolls are well adapted to life in frigid arctic climates. Hoary Redpolls are the rarer of the two — look for pale birds with less streaking hiding in flocks of Common Redpolls.
Please note that all comments are moderated and may take some American bbws Mountain Pine to appear. Fantastic piece. My husband and I enjoy winter birding. Living in Central Illinois, we feel blessed that we are able to see Lapland Longspurs on a regular basis during the winter, and Snow Buntings on occasion. Snow geese also are commonly seen here during the winter.
Two or three years ago we were fortunate enough to see a Common Redpoll at our feeders. We have 3 different bird feeders and we are getting a variety of different birds. But the favorite one is the cardinal. But we have a couple of red tailed hawks, and several sparrows, 30 to Thanks for sharing this!!! I hope to see some of these that might stray to the northeast US!!! My favorite winter bird is the Red Cardinal. I have been seeing Robins this year and in winter of I live in Connecticut and I have never seen any of the beautiful birds in the winters here.
I live high in the Rockies just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park in Grand Lake, CO and have literally hundreds of gray crowned rosy finches at my feeders every day. They come in a huge swarm and fight for the food. I have to fill my large open feeder on a daily basis. Get expensive, but they are so pretty. Cardinals, Downy Woodpecker and Juncos. Thanks for all the good work the Conservancy does. My wife and I have been members for decades. The Hoary and Common Redpolls are my favorite because they are well adapted to life in frigid arctic climates.
I am excited about birding. Thank you for opening my eyes. American bbws Mountain Pine love the juncos who feed in the yard beneath my feeders and on my garage roof just outside my window here. I have also seen Red-bellied Woodpeckers that are moving into our area. And there are so many more raptors around all winter this year. I live in Massachusetts, about 30 miles west of Boston.
You seem to have concentrated more on Western birds in this piece. My only winter birds are common raven and willow ptarmigan. Come spring I can add snow bunting, Lapland longspurs, snowy owl, and both species of red poll to name a few. Saw a different one yesterday. Very much like a snow bunting we have them regularlybut some yellow. We are in Northeastern Canada and it was just after the storm in eastern US. I could have sworn I saw a reddish patch on one of American bbws Mountain Pine he??
Not really any favorites, love them all, feed them all. Living near a river, my favorite winter bird sightings of the past few years have mainly been in or near the water — mergansers, grebes, bufflehe, and bald eagles. Nothing yet this year though!
Do goldfinches overwinter in Northern PA? My personal favorite is the cardinal. I love to watch when the male feeds the female. What a care giver! Chickadees, wrens, mourning doves and especially the female cardinal, all make me smile. At age eighty-three and widowed, I enjoy the feathered beauty. Those that come to the feeders and to the single open water bird-bath [that has a de-icer] …all make me smile. Blue jays not so much. When the snow geese fly over headthat is a special thing to see.
There is a good place for thousands in Lancaster County,Pa. I love chickadees, nut hatches, juncos—they are very entertaining at the bird feeder. The juncos we call them winter birds here in rural Colorado are so brave and adventurous. The is a white headed sparrow, all by itself, that shows up each morning. The doves are filling the valley with song. Then while walking the dogs in town I got up close to a white breasted nuthatch showing off by walking upside down and peering at me.
Each and everyone of these birds are beautifulamazingand awrsome. I remember one the north side I use to hear the wood pecked and how I miss that. Somehow the other day I saw a black and white wood pecker. Thank you for your display of the birds. Oh my, where do I start!
I have always loved the way cardinals look in the winter, particularly against the snow. One winter I spotted an albino cardinal at a feeder, which was incredible to see.American bbws Mountain Pine
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